Sunday, December 07, 2014

Life Is Good!

My life is so, so busy at the minute, I seem to keep meeting myself coming back!
Busy in a very good way though.

For those of you who know me through my Face Book, the secret is out, for those who don't I will divulge!

As you know I love my boat with all my heart, those who read my blog will have read my glowing endorsements advertising the fact I am like a pig in poo! The only thing that has been lacking in my life was that, 'special person'.....I had started to give up hope of ever finding him...but then I did!

You, my blog readers will know all about my past relationships, so I don't need to run through them again. They didn't work out in one way or another, upsetting, but they didn't work out for good reason. I am a firm believer in fate. I really don't regret anything that has happened in the past, I have fabulous memories which drown out the not so fabulous ones!

 I liken my past experiences to rungs on a ladder. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders in a way, you climb up the ladder with good experiences you slide down the snake with bad. The euphoria you feel when once again you're climbing the ladder is immense, for me anyway.

I met Dan through a dating website, enough said on that score, but I won't pull dating sites down, as I would never have met Dan without it!

We instantly hit it off, and we were instantly comfortable with each just know don't you?

Another thing we do such a lot of is laugh, he makes me smile and laugh constantly, if a person can make me laugh they have won me over. I feel so lucky to have met him, I now see a future, a lovely happy one with a Man I love from the bottom of my heart to the top!

Ok, ok enough of the mushy stuff, but I truly have turned into a big softie, I like the way I feel, it's good for the soul!

It will be two years we have been together at Easter, two of the happiest years I have had in a long time. Dan says I am his, ' breath of fresh air', he must have been living in smog a while then! But for me it is lovely he feels that way!

So, to the news....My last Birthday, in June, Dan proposed! We had spoken about it and both said we would like to, but it came as a complete surprise! A surprise in more ways than one, as I had always said I would never go down that road again. Just shows, you should never say never!

My Birthday I spent in work, but the plan was that after work I would travel over to see Dan and we would have a coffee in New Brighton then home for a Birthday tea. Unbeknown to me, Dan and my Mum had hatched a cunning plan.....

When talking to my Mum one day about thoughts of settling down with Dan, she did ask did I think we would get married, I shocked myself by immediately replying yes, that I did. We then got on to the subject of engagement rings. The nicest thing then happened, Mum said she would like us to have the ring that my Dad bought her all those years ago when they got engaged. Now that really blew me away, I couldn't think of anything nicer, and how honoured I would be to wear the same ring my Dad got engaged to my Mum with. In a later conversation with Dan I mentioned to him how nice an offer it was for my Mum to make, he agreed it really was.....

Now back to my Birthday....Dan, without me knowing, had rung my Mum up to talk about us getting engaged and about the ring. My Mum suggested it would be a lovely idea to propose on my Birthday the following day, ( mmmmm was Mum keen to get me married off I wonder)!! Dan hadn't actually thought of  that, but decided it was a great idea. Sooooooo the next problem was my Mum getting the ring to Dan? Dan, like me, was in work on my Birthday, he is a Bus driver, so he was working right up till the time he was to meet me in New Brighton, so what did they do? Mum jumped the bus into Liverpool and waited for Dan's bus to pull in at one of his designated stops, she then stepped on the bus and handed Dan the ring!! How cunning were these two?

On meeting Dan in New Brighton I was totally oblivious to the forthcoming surprise. As always it was lovely to meet up with Dan, we were both in our work uniforms but we didn't care, and trotted off to have a coffee. After said coffee Dan suddenly declared he needed to walk along the front to the the theatre as he wanted to see what dates were coming up for a future show. I had no problem with a nice walk as it was a gorgeous day. There was good reason why Dan needed me to walk along the front with him.....

On one of our early dates, we met at a bench hut on the front at New Brighton, and that was where Dan was trying to get me to, he succeeded and we sat down just chatting and laughing about this and that. I then decided to stand up and suggest we start heading back for tea, Dan insisted I sit down again, he then promptly got on one knee and asked me to marry him, I was totally and utterly gobsmacked, I exploded into tears but laughing at the same time and said YES! I cried even more when he slid my Mum and Dads engagement ring on my finger, it was so very special to me to be wearing the ring my Dad put on my Mum's finger all those years ago, even more special as I lost my Dad to cancer when he was 61, he was taken far too early and I miss him soooo much, but to me it felt like he was so much part of this special day, he would have loved the fact that I was wearing their ring and that Dan has made me so very happy!

So my life has been enhanced ten fold since I met Dan, he is truly my soul mate and I am so looking forward to our future, and climbing the ladder together, and hopefully not sliding down too many snakes! Not to mention looking forward to the lovely Christmas we have planned for this year...but that will be another story!

I must also say a really BIG BIG Thank you from both Dan and I to my lovely Mum who helped make Dan's proposal even more special,
and of course to my lovely Dad too, who I know would have really liked Dan, as I have said before, I am a very lucky Girl!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time Marches On!

Now I know we have all heard it before, but just how fast is the time flying by? I am a huge lover of quotes and such like, they often pop up on face book. Now and again one will really hit home with me, as this one did, so thought I would share it with you.....I like this 

It really makes you think doesn't it? The older I am getting, the more precious my time is.
I am the worst culprit I know for, ' wasting time'. I will spend ages just standing at the side hatch staring at the sky and marvelling at how the cloud formations change by the minute. I can spend hours on my lap top chatting to people I have never met, reading their comments and being interested in their lives and what they are up to, especially if they are fellow boaters. I may have dishes in the sink, an unmade bed, countless chores that need seeing to but I like my bouts of wasted time, because to me they are not wasted! I love them! Granted some days I will get to bed time and think that was a waste of a day, I could have been doing this, this or this, but all in all I enjoy my, 'me' days, I go at my pace and just do the things I want to do!

It fascinates me when I watch people bustling about. I look at them and wonder, have they even noticed the gorgeous colours the trees are right now, can they see the hundreds of Canadian Geese flying over in perfect formation, do they notice the clouds and how lovely the sky is, or is all this wasted on them? People have so much going on in their lives, jobs, families, money struggles all of life's ammunition that gets fired at us constantly, ill health, squabbles the price of fish!

 I am not for one minute making light of these personal problems, every individual deals with them differently,I am not belittling the importance of what is distracting a person but, to all those people the sky is just as beautiful, the rainbow that has just appeared after that nuisance of a downpour is every bit as gorgeous, the cute little dog that just walked past, the cheeky toddler in a pram just waiting for your eye contact so they can try out their brand new, 'Hiya' they have just mastered!

I have watched people walking along the opposite towpath, the sun set has been stunning and they don't even lift their heads to see? I want to shout, "Oi look at that sun set, your missing it"! For fear of being locked up, I don't!

I suppose if I really stop and think, not everybody sees things as I do, and as always it is down to personal choice. Some people, namely me, can lose themselves in a sun set or a rainbow when there are more pressing things I should be dealing with, things that others would find far more important, to them anyway, things they will miss that rainbow for. Maybe I have my priorities so wrong, but I feel safe in the knowledge that these wonderment's of nature are not, and will never be, wasted on me! Is it since I have had the boat or have I always been the same?

I vividly remember playing as a child in the garden and using my imagination to play my little games. The Red Hot Poker flowers growing in the garden that I would pick bits from and put them in water and pretend it was a gold fish in a pond or lake!! All that mattered to me in that instant as a child were these little fish that I had created, my imagination held no bounds! I loved to get lost in it I do now as an adult, not that I play pretend gold fish anymore, I now have real fish and water to look at!!

I also love to lose myself in my writing, stuff and nonsense as I often call it! I often like to stop the world and get off, just to be in my world and not have to share this world with anybody, just for a short time. I then have to run to catch up with the real world once again, I liken it to seeing a person running after an old fashioned bus, you know the ones with the open ended back deck, I just grab the pole in time and drag myself back to reality, just in time to immerse myself into mundane, ' Have to do's' like work and chores!!

I will never lose sight of the fact I have a charmed life. For all the moaning I do, and believe me I do, at times, a mean female version of Victor Meldrew, I know I am a truly lucky person. Lucky in the fact I haven't had some of the horrendous traumas people have had to endure, traumas that maybe sadly diminish their ability to find wonderment in the simple things. I have lost people, as we all have, close family like my Dad, my Nan Grandad Grandma and friends and my little Dog, who have been taken far too early, all of which leave a deep sadness that you have to learn to live with, otherwise the gift you have of life that was whipped away from those you have lost, is wasted on you....

Now I ask myself, what brought all this on? In all honesty I have no clue, I just wanted to write what was in my head, so I did, because I can!

I love my days off, I love my selfish, 'Debbie Days'. I love writing things down. I wonder if in years to come people will come across this blog, read it and think, what a nutter. I do hope so!! It will have all been worthwhile!

Changing the subject somewhat, my fire door has been re glazed and re roped, so Dan will pick that up for me Tuesday, I can then have my stove lit when on the boat. I just need to reseal the fire, put my new chimney in place then jobs a gooden! My central heating has come in handy while my fire has been out of commission, but you can't beat the wood burner, to be honest it hasn't really been needed up to now the weather has been so mild. I still look forward to lighting my first fire for Winter, even after ten years of doing it! 

Right I really must go get that 'real world' bus there is one due any minute! Needs must, I really do have chores to do, besides there are no Rainbows to look at right now! Then again the sun has just come out, the view from the side hatch is stunning......late for the bus again!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I'm Back!

Well, I didn't really go anywhere to be honest, but my trusty old laptop gave up the ghost. After being hammered for five years, it had finally had enough and given up!

I am now the proud owner of a new laptop, courtesy of my new 02 contract, I renewed at the beginning of the month. The laptop was a, "gift" mmmm, you don't really get anything for nothing, but it was the only way I was going to get another laptop, I couldn't afford to just go and buy one. So I have a new phone and laptop from 02, and a Wifi thingy majig from 3. My previous dongle was 3, so decided to stay with them, as my internet on the boat was always quite good with them.

Armed with my laptop and little wifi box, I decided to set the whole thing up, how hard could that be? The lovely young man in the 3 shop said it was a doddle to set up.....three hours later the laptop was becoming scarily close to being launched through the open side hatch! I tried to put my personal wifi code into the computer, time and time again but couldn't get on line, I was fast running out of patience. The signal strength was high on the little wifi box but my laptop just would not connect, doddle he said grrrrr!

I had all about given up, decided to take the whole kit and caboodle back to the 3 shop the next day, so the lovely young man could show me his doddle skills! I just happened to take a last look at the wifi code I was supposed to tap in, this time I looked under a bright light, only to discover one of the digits that looked like the number 1, was in fact the letter i ..... I retried and hey presto it worked.....then again it would with the right code wouldn't it?

We had a lovely ten days on the boat in the Salthouse Dock Liverpool. We decided to go when the french giants where in town, it was brilliant and the gorgeous weather was a bonus!

I haven't managed to upload any photos yet, that's another challenge that lies ahead, this laptop is so different from my old one, so if the code took me three hours to type in, heaven only knows how long it will take me to fathom out how to get photos on here! 

I have lived with my lovely new decor for nearly a year now and I love it, my new galley colour scheme being my favourite. the shelf I mentioned in my previous post is all done and up on the wall, I am so pleased with it!

So from being all tatty and dirty in Mum's garage, painted and cut down to fit, it finishes off the galley perfectly!

I love revamping things, you just get so much satisfaction out of seeing the transformation.

I have since added little led fairy lights around the shelf, it will look nice and cosy for the winter!

Talking of winter, my fire is in urgent need of a revamp, it needs new glass and rope, new liners and the fire cement around the joints needs replacing, not to mention a new chimney for the roof! I will then give it a good clean and paint with stove paint, pictures of progress in another post! Luckily I have gas central heating as a stand in until the fire is up and running!

Well, it is a pleasure to blog
again on my new laptop, hopefully I will post at more regular intervals!

Talking of boat stoves, don't they look sad and dreary in the summer when not lit, sitting in the corner looking all dark and dismal.....I decided to do something about that a few years ago. I put fairy light string balls in there with weather cones and whatever else I fancy, it just gives it a bit of life in the summer months, they can easily be removed and put away when
it is time to light the fire!

Looking forward to cosy winter nights, in with Dan on the boat. 
After ten years with Tickety Boo, the novelty still hasn't worn off, I love everything it involves, every season has it's magic! I now have someone to share that magic with...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Looks…

New looks all around at the minute. Firstly, do you remember the Bridge by my moorings?

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Not looking too good…….but now…..


The company who did the repair to the bridge have done an absolutely brilliant job, and as you can see it is back to the way it was before. I was fearful at one stage that it would never be the same again!!

Now to the next, “new look”…Tickety Boo, readers of my blog will be all too aware of my leap of faith, taking up a paint brush and painting the woodwork cream! Now I know a lot of you will have thrown your hands up in despair at the thought, but after a lot of thought I took the plunge and……I LOVE IT !! Not exactly cream, the dreaded Magnolia. As I have been working to, as always, a tight, very tight budget, Magnolia was on offer and cheap. I wanted a plain colour, kind of a blank canvas really. My curtain material was chosen, and from that I chose a lovely Duck egg blue/green for my kitchen units. Finally it is all coming together….slowly!

Before the Magnolia onslaught!….

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My Grandma’s old Scullery chair above, and right, I wanted pink accessories to warm up the cool Duck egg Blue!


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My friend Mark kindly extended the back for me, so it will fit on the slanted cabin wall. This too will be painted Duck egg, and will go on the wall opposite the sink in the Galley when finished! I have just applied first primer coat, just about to apply second primer, then tomorrow the colour, the best bit!! I have had the bottom shelf cut off and the sides shaped so it will fit where I want it. Photos to follow when all done!

So as you can see I have been busy, busy but really happy with the new look Tickety Boo! Dan and I have a weekend together next week, so we are off out on the boat, it has been way too long since I last took her out, she will start taking root soon!!

Oh just on a bummer note… tv blew the other night, so I have a tv free life at the minute…..mmmmm can’t make my mind up if it’s a bad thing or good?  I still have my faithful laptop though, so keeping busy watching stuff on Netflix for now. I am hooked on Breaking Bad, so not missing tv too much just now. A new tv however, is top of my priority list!!

Finally, I couldn’t resist this little plaque…

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Saturday, March 22, 2014


I have been deleting items on my lap top. On doing so I deleted my bookmarks, one of which was my Blog. I Googled, Life Afloat On Narrow Boat Tickety Boo, to bookmark it again, only to find a blog that’s blatantly taken snippets from my blog to use on their site, so annoying!!  Why? They are my words chosen to describe my Blog and Posts? Ahh well I will just take it as a compliment that they have stolen them, as they think my writing is better than anything they can come up with.. Buggers!!

On  brighter note, Spring has sprung!! Not so as you would notice by the temperature! All the other signs are here though, Ducks mating, daffs and other Spring bulbs making an appearance, crisp blue skies with brilliant white clouds…and if I am up early enough, the Bunnies brave enough to graze the grass on the opposite towpath, lovely!

Today is my first day of nine days off work!! I don’t need to tell you workers out there how good that feels!!  Unfortunately we can’t go out on the boat, which is very frustrating…here’s why….

Before and After….

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The bridge at the end of our mooring is being repaired, a huge job, fascinating to watch, but I hate to see the normally tranquil Canal looking like this. Hopefully it will all be back to the way it was soon!

So, back to my nine days off! Tomorrow my youngest gorgeous little Munchkin, Darcy, is having her first Birthday party! I am looking forward to it sooo much, as all the family will be there, so it will be a lovely day! Danny is coming with me to make it even nicer!

For those of you who don’t know, Danny and I have been seeing each other for just on a Year, I would just like to know where he has been all my life? He says I am a breath of fresh air, ( he so must have been living in smog a while)!! He too is my breath of fresh air and we are very happy….ask us at the end of the week after we have spent 24/7 together, if that is still the case!!

Joking aside, I am looking forward to some well earned quality time with my Man !

Without getting too mushy, this quote I found on good old Face book sums it all up really….


Danny is my someone…..thank you Ding….just for the record, it’s your turn to make the coffee!!

Ooohhh just realised, I hold my hand up for being a bit of a hypocrite using this quote on my blog, my thanks to the original Author whoever you are, I give you full credit for these words. Pity my thief didn’t thank me for mine….

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Another Year nearly Over…

It never ceases to amaze me how quick the years fly over, and yes, I will say it again, the older you get the quicker they go!

It was a bitter sweet year for me. The sweet being the birth of my second Granddaughter, Darcy, who like her Sister Phoebe is an absolute joy!

Another sweet, was me meeting the lovely Danny at Easter, we are getting on famously and things are going really well. I was beginning to give up on the relationship front, but Danny restored my faith, we do a lot of laughing and feel really comfortable in each others company so happy days!

The bitter was of course losing my lovely little dog Bobby. I still miss him dreadfully, but I find as time has passed, I smile when I think of him,rather than cry. One day I would like another, but for now I am so busy it really wouldn’t be fair.

I am looking forward to Christmas this year, more than I have done for a good few years. Danny and I are having dinner with my Mum. I will see my two lovely Daughters and Son all under the same roof together, I can’t wait, it will be a chance for Danny to meet everyone, including the Munchkins, Phoebe and Darcy!

Well, 2013 has been an eventful year for me. I feel like I have my life back on track. Being happy in my personal life has had a knock on effect, my enthusiasm for things has returned. I managed to get Tickety Boo painted inside and out! There is still lots to do, but I am so pleased with how she is looking now.

My worries about how the boat would look painted inside, disappeared once I saw the difference it made. It is so much lighter and more spacious looking, well as spacious as such a small space can look!

I wanted a complete change, and that’s how it looks totally different! As it still isn’t finished, I will keep you in suspense just a bit longer. In the New Year I will post photos as promised to keep you up with progress. I still have my kitchen units to paint, as I want to change the butter milk to a lovely shade of green, a green that I have picked out from my new curtains…

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So here is looking forward to a great New Year, I have so much to look forward to! We will hopefully get out on the boat a lot more in 2014, been so busy painting this year I haven’t done much sailing, and I miss it…a lot!

Just before I go, I would just like to wish you all….


 A Very Merry Christmas

and a wonderful 2014 xxx.


Saturday, October 05, 2013

Bye Little Bobs…



This lovely little black bundle has been my closest companion, through thick and thin.

To say I loved him to bits doesn’t quite cover it, he was my very own canine sailor, and I was lucky to have him.

He sadly had a tumour and only showed signs of it when it was too far gone to do anything for him…

Letting him go was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I knew in my heart though that he had lost his sparkle and was not the happy little chap he always was, I was not prepared to see him go through the pain that was inevitable.

I spent the last two days with him on the boat and spoiled him rotten! All the things he wasn’t supposed to have were his for the taking, chocolate, cheese treats and anything else he wanted. It was nice that he was still well enough to enjoy all these usually forbidden treats. He had belly scratches and neck rubs galore, even directing my hand with his paw so I knew just which bit I’d missed!

We cuddled, played and acted daft, I cried and cuddled some more, and knew my decision was the right one.

I took him for his last walk, and instead of rushing him, let him sniff everything he wanted, and believe me he sniffed every blade of grass, lamp post and tree!

As rotten as he must have been feeling, he still mustered up the energy to play with his favourite ball, his tail rigid and upright in hunt mode when I hid the ball up my jumper!


I loved that we had that time together. It was hard as he didn’t look as ill as he really was, he was just tired and not his usual self.

He spent his last afternoon lazing on the back deck of the boat, his favourite place. It was a mild day, and it was nice for him to just do what he loved best and watch the dogs walk by on the opposite tow path.

The Vet and Veterinary Nurse were so lovely, they made the whole process dignified for both Bobby and I, and made it as easy as it could be to say goodbye to him, I will always be grateful for that, as I know how often they must do it, but they made me know they really cared.

I will thank them with a card and well deserved chocolates and Wine.

I would also like to thank with all my heart :-

Lesley, who got me through the whole process from start to finish, without her I would have been totally lost. Bobby would stay with her if I went away, her, and her Son Jordan were affectionately known as, “ Doggy Pontins”, and Bobs liked his stay with them.

Danny, who was also an absolute brick and like Lesley was there for me at the hardest times. He had only known Bobs for a short while but was really taken with him, as Bobs was with Danny,in his aloof manner! ( Bob being the aloof one, not Danny)!! I was so pleased he had the chance to get to know the lovable cute character Bobby was, if only for a short while.

My Mum, Dean, Kirsty and Heather who like me, were really upset to hear I had to let Bobby go, as much for me as him because they knew how special he was to me.

Mark who came to say farewell, and was there as a neighbour and friend if I needed him in an emergency in the middle of the night.

My work mates who were all really supportive too, and all the lovely friends who left messages on my fb page, it all really helps.

It also helps to write it all here too, no apologies, as I need you all to know just how special he was, oh and gorgeous!

I have many many gorgeous photos of Bobby, but the one at the top of the page is one of my favourites. I will frame it and hang it up in the boat, adorned with the third place rosette he won, in the one and only Dog Show he entered. The Category was Scruffiest Dog and he came third, how proud was I?!!

The photo will be a reminder to me of all the lovely and happy years I had with one very, very special little Dog, who will be very sadly missed, but who will always conjure up memories of his comic ways ,which will never ever fail to make me smile…

          RIP Gorgeous Boy xxx

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.